Wednesday, January 04, 2012

The sense of essential

Somewhere on this blog I have written somewhat about the magical narrative of Life of Pi. For unknown reasons the faceless Mr.Pi Patel got a face in my mind when I came across an article by Pico Iyer few year ago. Okay, agreed. I truly believe that my mind is stupid enough to associate Pi with Pico!! Anyway here’s an article titled The joy of quiet by Mr.Pico Iyer which is a treat. I love getting soaked in the words of people like Pico. When you read them its as if they are taking you on a ride, occasionally throwing pearls of wisdom making you realize for the umpteenth time its not the place but the manner of journey which counts in the end. 
Its even more gratifying to know that in this technology driven life/world, when I was almost on the verge of getting a huge complex for having kept myself away from any social networking phenomena there is a person as famous as Pico who is ' yet to use a cell phone and (who has) never Tweeted or entered Facebook!'  To me the very idea of social networking stinks. Both the words, social as well as networking sound odious. Anyway, I do not want to rant about that here. In the article Pico writes, 
'We have more and more ways to communicate, as Thoreau noted, but less and less to say'. 'The central paradox of the machines that have made our lives so much brighter, quicker, longer and healthier is that they cannot teach us how to make the best use of them; the information revolution came without an instruction manual. All the data in the world cannot teach us how to sift through data; images don’t show us how to process images. The only way to do justice to our onscreen lives is by summoning exactly the emotional and moral clarity that can’t be found on any screen.' 
How true, isn't it? 
We try to embrace whatever comes along. May be the child in us never dies. The novelty catches our attention and we want to toy with it. There must be something more to life and living and this quest may be leads the westerners like Pico points out to Yoga, and what not. But what if there isn't anything more is the question I ask myself constantly. Being a quiet person I enjoy quietness a lot so much so that when I met a large number of people at a gathering recently my head started spinning. I had to steady myself otherwise I am sure the ugly, noisy crowd would have swept me aside like a tsunami. But then I do believe that even when you are in a crowd you should be able to be away from it. If you know what I mean. May be thats when we feel the sense of oneself, the sense of essential. 

2 comments:

Atoorva said...

Unlike you I do not have any dislike for social media- it gives me the CHOICE to interact when I please and with whom I please. And still you can observe many like a silent spectator. The best thing about Facebook is their "Unfriend" button..wish we had one for real life too . I feel most uncomfortable in real interaction with big groups..There is often no choice but to suffer the boring social conversations and meets in real life . Even on FB/mobile , I do not follow the niceities ...often do not reply to Facebook wishes and SMSs ...just because I don't feel like. But I must admit its a relief to get out of this for a while, recently in Laddakh e.g. when I was off net ...and also briefly off-mobile...it was heaven.
"The more ways we have to connect, the more many of us seem desperate to unplug. Like teenagers, we appear to have gone from knowing nothing about the world to knowing too much all but overnight."

How true !!!

alice said...

I don't dislike social media per se. Blogger is a social media as well. I like being on the blogger. I said the idea of social networking is somewhat abhorrent.I hope you get the idea...
I don't know, whatever you said you can do on Facebook, I think you can do it in the real world, of course may be making some enemies in the process.